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How to Make the Most of Study Abroad

Louvre courtyard

Studying abroad is an amazing experience (and was definitely my peak). This time last year I was living in Amsterdam and studying at Vrije Universiteit. I lived in an apartment complex with a look and feel much like Southwest Residential Area at UMass. My apartment housed twelve people, a mix of international undergrads studying abroad and masters students. We all shared one kitchen, living room, and bathroom. It was an experience unlike any other. 

Summer Vacation: Keeping in Touch

University of Massachusetts students sitting around a picnic table

One of the best aspects of college is that you get to see your friends every day. However, it can be tricky to keep in touch with everyone when you are no longer living right next to them! During summer break, everyone retreats back to their hometowns, and it can be strange to no longer see your best friends all the time. For this reason, it is important to have a reunion at some point over the summer. The cause? A surprise party! Odds are, somebody in your friend group has a summer birthday, and there's no better excuse to see everyone than a secret birthday-palooza! 

What To Do When It Is Way Too Nice Out To Study…

UMass Amherst students having fun outside

Currently, as I write this blog post, it is way too nice out to study. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the sky is an incredible shade of blue. How am I supposed to stay inside and continue my homework and job applications when it’s 65 degrees out? With final exams and presentations quickly approaching, I am at a crossroads with my head and my heart. One says do your work and the other says frolic in the sunshine!

Living Off Campus at UMass Amherst

Students holding UMass pennants

Your living arrangements in college can have a massive impact on your overall experience. I personally loved living on campus, as I had easy access to the dining halls, and my classes were only a few minutes away. However, as the years went on more and more of my friends started to live off campus. Upperclassmen can live on or off campus, but my friends and I were determined to have our own house senior year.

Selfies Can Be Important?

University of Massachusetts student in Sycamore Residence Hall

The picture you see above is me on my very first day of college in Sycamore Residence Hall. I was nervous, anxious, excited, and definitely a little nauseous about being away from home. I am lucky enough to have a tight-knit group of friends from my hometown and I was nervous how the distance between us would change our friendship. We had been inseparable since the sixth grade and had never spent more than a few days apart! With most of us attending college in New England, we knew that we would see each other for most school breaks and long weekends, but that seemed so far away at the time!

Opportunities at UMass: Alternative Spring Break

During the month of March I got to experience one of the coolest opportunities I have had at UMass so far — I participated in our Alternative Spring Break program. Back in October, a fellow coworker and close friend motivated me to apply to be a part of the program and embark on the service trip in the spring. When an idea is planted in my head — even if I tell myself I might not do it or go after it — most often I know that I am ultimately going to follow through with it one way or another. This can be a flaw sometimes, although it is also one of my greatest strengths. Alas, I did apply.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Unusual Clubs at UMass

UMass Amherst library and campus. Text: "Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Unusual and unique clubs at UMass"

On any tour of UMass Amherst you will hear the guide rattle off some incredibly bizarre sounding clubs that are offered on campus. The tour group will laugh, students reflect on how cool UMass must be, and then the tour will move on to a more in-depth discussion on housing availability for freshmen. However, how many UMass undergrads have actually experienced these bizarre clubs?

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